Cheap pregnant chic
Summer dress over lycra leggings will get you through the summer.
Q Any tips on how to dress when pregnant without actually having to buy maternity wear?
A It takes time to work out pregnancy style and by the time you do you're likely to be screaming at the anaesthetist to administer the epidural. The fact is, you've got no idea how your body will change over nine months so expect the odd fashion crisis.
A black Lycra or jersey slip dress is a fantastic building block
Anything stretchy in your wardrobe is your new best friend: dresses, skirts, T-shirts and leggings. Be prepared to sacrifice a few things because once stretched to the limit it's unlikely clothing will bounce back the way your body eventually will. A black Lycra or jersey slip dress is a fantastic building block. Throw on a loose-fitting top or a roomy short summer dress and the slip will look like a tube skirt while also giving you that extra bit of skirt length. For the office, wear a classic blazer over the top.
Also, raid your partner's wardrobe for business shirts and jeans. Keep the jeans up with a pretty silk scarf from your own wardrobe. You won't be able to avoid shopping entirely as you will need to buy maternity underwear. HOTmilk and Elle Macpherson Intimates both create pretty maternity underwear.
Some women swear by belly bands — a band of soft, stretchy fabric to wear around the top of existing jeans and trousers. And if your your feet expand, invest in one or two pairs of good-quality ballet flats.